Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Anchorage Rogue Cop Anthony Rollins Found Guilty On Nearly All Charges; East Anchorage Assemblyman Paul Honeman Disappointed And Frustrated With Rollins' Actions

Update April 13th 2012: Anthony Rollins sentenced to 87 years in prison; details in the Anchorage Daily News.

After six days deliberations, a jury has found former Anchorage police officer Anthony Rollins guilty of most of the charges levied against him. My two previous posts on this case on July 15th, 2009 and July 17th, 2009 provide more initial background on the beginning of the case, and my February 14th, 2011 post provides some details on Rollins' testimony. Specifically, Rollins was found guilty of the following:

-- 4 out of 4 counts First Degree Sexual Assault (Penetration), Unclassified Felony
-- 5 out of 6 counts Second Degree Sexual Assault (Contact), Class B Felony
-- 4 out of 4 counts Criminal Use of a Computer, Class C Felony
-- 5 out of 6 counts Official Misconduct, Class A Misdemeanor

The official Alaska Court System database record, Case No. 3AN-09-07868CR, has not been updated yet. More information is expected as this story develops. KTVA Channel 11 and KTUU Channel 2 have also filed stories.

While the Anchorage Daily News does not identify sex crime victims by name, they have identified Rollins' victims by their initials to provide perspective:

• M.O. - processed by Rollins after an April 16, 2009 arrest.
• B.O. - processed by Rollins after an April 4, 2009 arrest.
• T.N. - picked up walking by Rollins December 30, 2008.
• O.W. - picked up at an alcohol sleep-off center by Rollins Sept. 5, 2008.
• E.V. - passenger in car Rollins stopped, she says he touched her August 2008.
• R.A. - said Rollins contacted her at her sister's house in 2006.

Rollins pleaded not guilty to all charges. He tried to bull his way through the trial, admitting that the sexual contact took place, but that it was all consensual. Unfortunately for him, he also admitted it took place while on shift in uniform. That may have triggered his downfall; sentencing is scheduled for June. He faces the possibility of 51 to 208 years in prison.

It just so happens that East Anchorage Assemblyman Paul Honeman, a 23-year-veteran of the Anchorage Police Department, just happened to be guest-hosting what used to be the Dan Fagan show on KFQD 750AM, and Honeman sounded off starting around 3:20 P.M. He said he remained silent during the trial because he felt Rollins deserved a fair trial without corrupting or inflaming the venue. Honeman noted that his heart is heavy because he considered Rollins as a friend. Rollins had a reputation for being a good cop on the job; when Honeman was a patrol supervisor, Rollins worked for him on day shift for part of the time. Honeman concluded that Rollins displayed a sociopathic side that was not visible to most cops.

In the final analysis, Paul Honeman said he is very disappointed and frustrated, and that the APD officers with whom he keeps contact share that disappointment and frustration. Honeman emphasized that Rollins' behavior does NOT typify APD behavior, and that in his observation, whenever any APD employees got into trouble, it was not swept under the rug.

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